Every year Hollywood graduates a number of young, ambitious up-and-comers into full-fledged action heroes and serious film stars. These eight standouts from the class of 2014 are about to have the year of their lives. Welcome to summer.
Growing up in Derby, England, Jack O'Connell saw his future on the soccer field. At least he did until the age of 13, when a drama teacher suggested he should audition for television roles.
In 2011 Liana Liberato broke out playing a teen who is sexually assaulted in David Schwimmer's dark drama Trust.
Nicola Peltz grew up in Westchester County, New York. In the first two seasons of Bates Motel, Peltz, who is now 19, played the bewitching Bradley, the kind of girl Norman would have followed right up to the edge of sanity.
Last spring, 24-year-old Sophie Cookson was in her third year as a drama student in her native England. Then, along came Kick-Ass (2010) auteur Matthew Vaughn, who, despite reported interest from Emma Watson and other known-knowns, cast Cookson in the lead role of The Secret Service.
At least one of the reasons we binge-watched and obsessed over True Detective early this year was Alexandra Daddario's performance as the seductive woman scorned.
Ansel Elgort is what is traditionally called a triple-threat-he acts, dances, and sings.